For Blair's Boys
After battling this vicious disease for more than a year, the 39-year-old father of two went to rest with his Lord.
Blair was diagnosed with Stage 3 testicular cancer just weeks after learning that he and his wife Reagan were expecting their second child. What should have been a joyous time for this young family, became a harrowing year for Blair and Reagan as they endured countless doctor’s appointments, three surgeries, ten rounds of chemotherapy and so much more. Determined to beat his diagnosis, they were committed to try anything that could offer some hope that Blair might be allowed the miracle of watching his sons, Mick and Dean, grow up.
Brave, passionate, and ever faithful, Blair remained resolute for his family, but, ultimately, God had chosen another path for this husband, father, brother, son and friend.
For her part, Reagan has been the epitome of grace and strength during this heartbreaking year, and now must begin the long road to rebuilding her family on her own.
Much of what has been raised through this Go Fund Me prior to Blair’s passing was already allocated for treatments while he was still with us. Unfortunately, the battle with cancer is not free, and Reagan must still pay off the costly medical expenses amassed during the past year while also planning for the future for herself and her small children.
We ask that you please consider blessing this family with your financial support during this difficult time. Reagan feels truly blessed for all of your thoughts and prayer, and is so grateful for the compassionate, loving community around her.
Community United Methodist Church
6652 Heil Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Please join us for a reception beginning at 3:00pm at SeaLegs at the Beach, Huntington Beach Bike Trail, Huntington Beach, CA 92648.
Reception parking and location details can be found at: http://www.sealegsatthebeach.com/location
In lieu of flowers, please direct your donations to https://www.gofundme.com/fight-the-good-fight-with-blair or to the Surfrider Foundation in his honor.
He was surrounded by countless family and friends before he left this earth. He was courageous, strong, and gave everything he had. This was who he was.
We love you, Blair.
Viva la Mexico! As promised, the following is an update on Blair’s battle with advanced stage testicular cancer.
On Friday, October 13th Blair departed for Tijuana, Mexico for three weeks of holistic and alternative cancer treatment at the renowned Oasis of Hope Hospital with his father as his travel companion. They arrived yesterday afternoon after a short drive from Orange County to get started. The treatments employed at Oasis of Hope work to slowdown and reverse the spread of cancer cells while promoting the physical and psychological health of the patient. With traditional western medicine (chemo), Blair has endured so much damage to his body. I’ve often wondered the last several months which was worse for him… cancer or chemo? At Oasis of Hope, the focus is on the patient first and many of their treatments are therapeutic elements focused on killing cancer cells directly while alleviating the toxic risk to the healthy cells. We might be nuts OR we might be on to something great!
In addition to Oasis of Hope, Blair was approved for an immunotherapy drug called Opdivo that will work to enhance his own immune response to his cancer. He will receive this drug every two weeks for several months to further slow the progression of his disease.
After an already 12 month battle, Blair is focused on rebuilding his body and gaining some ground over this horrible disease. He’s focused and resilient. With the incredible support of his family and friends, Blair is encouraged by this new path and is faithful that the Lord is leading him in the right direction. Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Please keep Blair in your thoughts and prayers.
Love, Reagan XOXO
Today also marks a new chapter in Blair's fight against cancer. Blair has endured so much in the past year. Most recently, he has endured and is still healing from two spinal surgeries where surgeons fused his lumbar spine and attempted to remove a tumor. All in all, those surgeries were successful. Blair is in less pain and has less cancer then 12 months ago. But the cancer still remains as it has been resistant to Chemotherapy and particularly aggressive.
When doctors tell you that your options are limited it is incredibly scary. So what do you do? You keep faith, pray, and fight on!
With the support of our family and friends, treatment recommendations and information has been flooding in. As the weeks progress and Blair's healing continues, we will be seeking alternative treatments and therapies that are outside of the traditional hospital setting. Our hope is that by nourishing Blair's body and improving his immune function, he can fight this cancer in his own. We are researching Clinics abroad and within the US. As our journey continues, I will be sure to update you all.
One thing is for sure...Blair is loved by so many. We would not have made it this far without you.
Reagan, I am so deeply sorry to learn of Blaire's passing. Nothing about this is right or fair. You and your family are in our thoughts. Byron, Lula, and I send our love from the Bay and hope we can see you in the not too distant future to hug you long and hard.
Reagan, this is Ben Rothbard's dad. I am so so sorry. I was with Ben last night and he told me he was able to be with Blair last Thursday, along with so many other friends who loved him. Ben is devastated but so filled with admiration and awe for Blair's courage, and gratitude for their years of friendship. I am privileged to have been able to meet him a few times. I could tell he was a wonderful man. You and your family have my deepest deepest condolences.
My heart aches for you and your family. No words can console you during this time and remove the pain. You are all in my thoughts. Your strength and love from family and friends will help you. Xoxoxo
So sorry to hear this. May he rest in peace and your family find solace in these difficult times.
Prayers and love being sent to you both in this trying time. Blair I hope you kick cancers ass!